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Phoenix College Receives $1.5M NSF Grant to Improve STEM Recruitment and Retention



On August 8, 2018 Phoenix College was awarded a $1,499,985 HSI grant from the National Science Foundation (HRD-1832543) to improve recruitment and retention of students in STEM.  By incorporating multi-disciplinary Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) into STEM curricula in colleges throughout the Maricopa Community College District, the capacity building program is expected to impact more than 3000 community college students. Robin Cotter, the Principal Investigator, and Co-PIs  Elena Ortiz, Anna Marti-Subirana, Pamela Marshall (ASU), and Kirk Anderson (USDA) will develop CUREs for three targeted audiences to 1) promote increased interest in STEM disciplines, especially among students from groups that are underrepresented in STEM; 2) increase recruitment and retention of students in introductory STEM courses; 3) increase the number of students from two-year HSIs who transfer into STEM degree programs at four-year institutions; and 4) establish cross-sector partnerships with industry to improve workforce readiness and promote interest in STEM careers among two-year HSI students.

Phoenix College’s program is one of 31 new projects funded by the NSF’s “Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program”, which invests in projects that build capacity and increase retention and graduation rates for STEM students at HSIs. SFAz provided technical assistance to two of the 31 projects, through the KickStarter Program.

The success of this grant award is an outcome of working collaboratively with Science Foundation Arizona through the KickStarter Process, under National Science Foundation Grant No. HRD-1450661.  See also the NSF News Release.

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